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WIZO believes in the condemnation of violence, and promotes tolerance, equality and mutual responsibility. We see it as our primary responsibility and have set a goal of passing these values on to the coming generations, under our guidance, in order to create a stronger and better Israel.
25 Octber, 2015

On November 4th, 1995, at the end of a rally in support of the peace process that took place in Tel Aviv’s “Malchey Yisrael” Square, three shots were fired at Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He was brought to the nearest hospital in Tel Aviv, where he died 40 minutes later.

Dear Chaverot,

Today, we in Israel mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of Yitzhak Rabin, 20 years since the democratic values of Israel were irrevocably injured.

“Violence is the erosion of the foundation of Israeli democracy. One must condemn it, denounce it and isolate it. It is not the way of the State of Israel.” These were the words of Yitzhak Rabin during the last speech he ever delivered.

The memorial day for Yitzhak Rabin has become one of the calendar’s most important opportunities for the teaching of tolerance and the raising of awareness of the fight against violence in all for its forms. Every year, on this day, in WIZO’s classrooms across Israel, students discuss the repercussions of violence in Israeli society, mutual responsibility, the importance of democratic values, freedom of speech and incitement to violence.

WIZO believes in the condemnation of violence, and promotes tolerance, equality and mutual responsibility. We see it as our primary responsibility and have set a goal of passing these values on to the coming generations, under our guidance, in order to create a stronger and better Israel. WIZO does this every day in its youth villages and schools, where we educate and cultivate thousands of young men and women – Israel’s next generation of leaders.

Israel’s reality is a complex one and these days in Israel and the Middle East are not simple ones. So now, more than ever, we must remember the lessons of Rabin’s assassination, and use it to teach coming generations. Let’s hope for quieter, better days.

With warm regards,

Prof. Rivka Lazovsky,
Chairperson,
World WIZO Executive

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